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Former Yankees draft pick playing with new kidney

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 16, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I first mentioned Wake Forest outfielder Kevin Jordan back in February, and even though his connection to the Yankees no longer means very much, his story is still pretty amazing.

Jordan was the Yankees 19th-round draft pick in 2010, but he decided to go to college instead. He left knowing about a severe autoimmune disorder, and within a few months of joining the Wake Forest team, Jordan badly needed a new kidney. His parents weren’t a match, but Wake Forest head coach Tom Walter was tested and volunteered to be the donor.

This month, Jordan is back at practice.

“This was the best day of my coaching career — by far,” Walter said on the day practice opened. “Just to see him back out here and doing what he loves to do. This is what this has always been about.”

It’s barely a Yankees story, and it’s only partially a baseball story, but it’s an awfully good story.

“This is what I’ve been doing for the last decade or more,” Jordan said, “And I don’t know what to do with the free time. And I really don’t know what I would do (during) the summer without baseball.”

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